For the past eight months I have been working 7 days a week in our relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in Lakeshore. Dozens of folks have urged me to get away for a while for some time of refreshment. I resisted because of the overwhelming task still before us. Every night, when I lay my head on a pillow to get a few hours of rest, I do so leaving so much undone. Taking time off means that even more phone calls will be left unreturned, dozens of emails unsent, scores of questions unanswered, and hundreds of urgent issues set aside. So, when generous people have urged me to spend some vacation time in Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia, California, Colorado, New Jersey, and several other places, so far, I graciously have declined. I finally relented when a few folks set before me an irresistible invitation. They knew my weakness and I caved.
Next week, Lord willing, I will fly to Louisville and attend the Together for the Gospel conference. Seven of my favorite pastors, preachers, and theologians will speak. The schedule includes, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, Albert Mohler, John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul. I hardly can imagine a better line up. Each of these men continue to actively impact my ministry and cultivate my personal growth in grace through their preaching and writings. Tomorrow I will try to post a short blurb on each of these God-centered influences on my life.
Also in Louisville, I plan to hit the TG4 Band of Bloggers fellowship on Wednesday afternoon. A panel discussion with Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Albert Mohler and Russ Moore focuses on “Blogging and the Glory of Christ.”